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Salt Water Grille

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231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
(207) 799-5400
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline...
Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 64
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great view and Service

Beautiful restaurant on the docks in South Portland with a great view of Portland and the harbor. We sat in front of a big stone fireplace on a snowy night, warm, friendly, great food and service. Thanks to Phil and Nigel for taking good care of us.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
ronm34145
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South Portland, Maine
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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164 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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South Portland, Maine
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Beautiful restaurant on the docks in South Portland with a great view of Portland and the harbor. We sat in front of a big stone fireplace on a snowy night, warm, friendly, great food and service. Thanks to Phil and Nigel for taking good care of us.

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Jasper, Alabama
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Ordered very different dish of grilled brussels sprouts and cauliflower over pasta with lobster. Lobster meat was tough, and usually find this in Portland because they use it all, the tail and the tough tissue. Portland lobster never meets my expectations. Go figure. It was tasty but would not recommend. Beer and wine were good. Service was mediocre on a... More 

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Cape Elizabeth, Maine
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I was expecting more from this restaurant based on the reviews. On arrival I was impressed with the view of Portland from their large windows and the general feel of the restaurant. We got seated in a comfortable booth and the atmosphere was nice. The service was average, nothing particularly exceptional. I had to ask for a spoon to eat... More 

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Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the Greater Portland area. It has great food and service and certainly some of the best views of the Portland skyline.

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South Portland, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A cozy seaside restaurant hidden in a cove........Great social bar area and fun restaurant with a nice selection of food and romantic views!

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Falmouth, Maine
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48 reviews 48 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I am not sure how I have missed this restaurant. When I was the GM of a couple of boutique hotels in Portland, I sent hundreds of people on their way to sites and restaurants throughout the area, but sadly never to Salt Water Grille because I did not know of its existence. We arrived early for a Saturday night... More 

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Portland, Maine
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I stopped in after work on a friday night when they were having a $1 raw oyster special, and I put away 3 dozen oysters (before meeting up with friends at Long Grain). They had house made hot sauce that was out of this world that acted as the perfect mignonette. The next day I stopped in for a quick... More 

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Ipswich, Massachusetts
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The menu was very eclectic and nicely presented. Generous portions. I was there between lunch and dinner, but the staff did make me comfortable and allowed me to order off the menu.

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South Portland, Maine
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

On a warm summer night beautiful place to view the sunset over the Portland skyline while sitting on the deck. The food is OK but a little pricey. Nothing special except for the view.

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Pewaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Great location and food selection. Came with our 4 yo. Nice variety of food for her and a cute sitting area (in lobster chairs) next to a cute fish tank. Will be back!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 Front St., South Portland, ME 04106
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  South Portland
  • Phone Number: (207) 799-5400

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Located on the waterfront, overlooking the harbor and Portland skyline. Located next to a marina.Serving lunch & dinner, seafood is the specialty, but other menu items are offered. Great nautical atmosphere, with water views. Outside seating in warm weather, and a function room upstairs for private parties. High quality.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?